Case Study Summary

The Business of Resilient Transitions: An Innovative Graduate Studies Certificate Program

Regional Hub: Europe
Country: France
Action for Climate Empowerment Element: Higher Education

This Case Study explores the The Business of Resilient Transitions: An Innovative Graduate Studies Certificate Program offered by HEC Paris, a leading European business school. The program educates and empowers future leaders how to navigate the complexities of climate change and decarbonization.

The Case Study researches a five-week graduate-level certificate program that focuses on understanding and experiencing the low-carbon and climate resilient transition. The certificate builds on climate science and looks at the main issues of the net zero transition from a business and a societal perspective. The program engages a holistic CCE approach through:

  1. Cognitive Learning: Transferring knowledge on climate science, policy, economics and finance that are essential for students to become agents of change.
  2. Psychosocial Learning: Supporting the necessary soft skills to tackle business problems related to climate change.
  3. Action-based Learning: Developing individual and collective action competencies through hands-on and experiential learning

The Case Study comprises three methods:

  • A desk review looking at the existing literature on CCE in business schools
  • Semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders involved in creating the Climate and Business
    Program at HEC Paris, including the school’s management, professors, and administrative staff
  • A survey of the first batch of students before and after taking the course to better understand how the program contributes to their personal and professional lives

The Case Study research aims to explore how business schools can integrate innovative CCE into curricula through participatory processes. The Case Study will also highlight how integrating CCE into a business school’s curriculum can help mainstream climate change topics throughout the business school itself and can create momentum for collaboration and exchange of experiences and best practices.

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